The King and the Sea (PB)
Internationally award-winning writer Heinz Janisch and celebrated illustrator Wolf Erlbruch give you extremely short stories of a little king in a big world. "Buzz off," said the king, shooing the bee from his flower. "Don't you know I'm the king?" "And I'm the queen," said the bee, stinging the king's nose. These stunningly illustrated, ultra-short stories are seemingly simple but ultimately profound tales. In each story, the king has an encounter which he tries to rule over. But of course the rain doesn't stop just because a king orders it, and tired eyelids can be much stronger than a king's will. The king sees that his power has limits; the world is diverse and much of it operates under its own rules.
"An extraordinarily beautiful children's book that leaves plenty of room for your own thoughts... It deals with big questions in a small way."--Litrix.de (German Literature Online)
Heinz Janisch is an Austrian children's book writer whose books have been published in more than a dozen languages. He has been honored with the Austrian State Prize for poetry for children, the Austrian Children's Literature Prize, and the Bologna Ragazzi Award. Wolf Erlbruch is a celebrated and inimitable German author and illustrator. Winner of the 2006 Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration, he has received many other awards. Erlbruch is recognised for his witty and winsome stories and his sophisticated synthesis of collage and drawing. He wrote and illustrated Duck, Death and the Tulip (Gecko Press).